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    Default 'Exit TX' - Abbott and his clique are chasing away tech companies, end of boom?

    Tech companies that have already relocated to Texas are now fretting over the possibility that the state's extreme politics will hamstring their ability to recruit top talent. As the Washington Post writes, "In August, Texas had 33,843 tech job openings — the second highest in the United States after California — according to a report from the Computing Technology Industry Association. That’s up 56 percent from a year earlier.

    Vivek Bhaskaran, chief executive of an Austin-based software company that produces online surveys, told the Post the company was already finding it "extremely challenging" to attract tech workers to the state. The abortion ban, Bhaskaran said, "seems like an extremely unnecessary conversation we’re going to have to have."

    In fact, just two days after the ban went into effect, Bhaskaran convened a virtual town hall for female employees of the company, QuestionPro, and told them the company would pick up the cost of any abortion services they sought out of state.

    The company's director of marketing, Crystal Wiese, said the town hall was comforting on one level but disconcerting on another.

    “There was a reassuring feeling, but it’s not the kind of conversation you expect to have with your CEO," she said.

    Similar to Bhaskaran, the chief executive of the Dallas-based dating app Match is working to cover employee costs for anyone traveling out of state for abortion services. Chief executive Shar Dubey, who immigrated to America from India a quarter-century ago, circulated a company memo blasting the abortion ban.

    "I am shocked that I now live in a state where women’s reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world, including India,” Dubey wrote. “Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law.”

    The Texas abortion ban also prompted Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff to send a Slack message to employees nationwide saying the company would help employees and their immediate families move to another state if they felt reproductive healthcare wasn't accessible enough where they lived. Benioff later explicitly invoked Texas in a tweet offering to help staff "exit TX."

    The Post also talked to workers who have either moved to Texas or considered it. To say that GOP governance of the state isn’t exactly a draw would be an understatement.

    Valerie Veteto, a freelance copywriter specializing in tech writing, relocated to Austin from San Francisco just last fall. Guess what? The hip vibe and lower cost of living aren't worth the tradeoff for the state's right-wing bent and governmental incompetence. Between the great power grid freeze earlier this year and fringe GOP politics, Veteto and her boyfriend are hightailing it to New York City.

    San Diego-based David Panarelli, a user experience designer, had also considered making the move with his wife. But they balked at the Texas GOP's handling of the pandemic, immigration, and other issues. The abortion ban was the final nail in the coffin.

    “If I’m in a situation where I have to make an extremely irreversible decision, I don’t want anyone making that decision for me,” Panarelli told the Post. “It’s not about women. It’s about human rights.”

    Seems like banning abortions, targeting voters of color, freezing your constituents to death, and ensuring the pandemic would flourish in your state isn't the hot seller Abbott says it is.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/202...to-crisis-mode

    hit em in the wallet, maybe the greedy bastards will pay attention

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    The secret is that there wasn't really a boom to begin with.

    It was magnified by Conservative media because Texas had a couple of good quarters about 10 years ago, and they've been latching onto that ever since.
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    Perhaps these tech companies should consider expansion to Kabul as well.

    What the fuck would bring them to the abomination that is Texas?
    Patriotism is the last refuge of a a scoundrel. Samuel Johnson, 1775
    Religion....is the opiate of the people. Karl Marx, 1848

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiftyNiblick View Post
    Perhaps these tech companies should consider expansion to Kabul as well.

    What the fuck would bring them to the abomination that is Texas?
    that kind of broad brush bigotry would be better suited for the repubs to use, dickhead. i live here in texas, and i guarantee you, in the dfw area, masking was observed, vaccinations are taken, and there is very few deep state trump bigots and anti-science clowns on the scene, and in other large texas cities. yeah, most are repubs, but very few are the nitty gritty hate filled repubs that infect the GOP today.

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    Hmmm ... a company will not relocate from commieformia to Texas because of abortion ... Hmmm ...

    I wonder if the OP article writer actually read the Texas law ... I wonder how many tech industry females rely on abortion for birth control ...

    THE . SKY . IS . FALLING . ... THE . SKY . IS . FALLING .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I wonder how many tech industry females rely on abortion for birth control
    No one relies on abortion for birth control.

    People rely on birth control and contraception for birth control.

    Conservatives want to make contraception illegal, which is why overturning Roe is merely the first step toward the ultimate goal of overturning Griswold and criminalizing contraception and birth control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LV426 View Post
    No one relies on abortion for birth control.

    People rely on birth control and contraception for birth control.

    Conservatives want to make contraception illegal, which is why overturning Roe is merely the first step toward the ultimate goal of overturning Griswold and criminalizing contraception and birth control.
    WOW ... So many words and so little meaning ... Hmmm ... contraception ... Hmmm ... got a link to any conservative source ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    WOW ... So many words and so little meaning ... Hmmm ... contraception ... Hmmm ... got a link to any conservative source ???
    You need a Conservative safe space?

    Here's the Des Moines Register, which is right-leaning:

    Overturning Roe v. Wade could have unpredictable consequences for privacy rights
    The Supreme Court’s decision finding a right to privacy arose in a 1965 case involving the right of a married couple to use contraception called Griswold v. Connecticut. But the right has become responsible for court decisions supporting adult rights to sexual intimacy, to gay marriage, and to the rights of parents to make family decisions, such as whether their children are home-schooled or go to religious schools. The right to privacy also supports an adult’s right to decide their medical care, and an adult’s right to die, by rejecting medical care in certain circumstances. This medical care area also implicates the rights and autonomy of the physically disabled and the mentally ill. Further, the right to privacy can support artificial insemination. And transgender individuals have used privacy to argue that schools cannot ban them from certain bathrooms, and that government must generally support their gender identity choices.
    https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...rt/1561115001/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    WOW ... So many words and so little meaning ... Hmmm ... contraception ... Hmmm ... got a link to any conservative source ???
    If you want to force a woman to birth a rape baby because she didn't know she was pregnant until after 6 weeks from her last period, then you should be supportive of the State ripping a lung or kidney from your body in order to save the life of someone you'll never meet, never know, and never cross paths with.

    So do you support organ removal without your consent? You should since you're forcing birth without consent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LV426 View Post
    Here's the Des Moines Register, which is right-leaning
    I lived in the corn state for 13 years ... and calling the Des Moines Register 'right leaning' shows you have no clue about reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I lived in the corn state for 13 years ... and calling the Des Moines Register 'right leaning' shows you have no clue about reality.
    What I know is that you need a safe space because you're a fragile, little Conservative snowflake.

    You demand accommodation using only "conservative" sources, and when one is handed to you, you dismiss it because it didn't meet whatever stupid, fluid, fungible standard you're shifting because you're just a fucking loser.

    That's what all this comes down to...your insecurities from being a loser your whole life.

    Just fucking kill yourself already...Jesus...such misery. So much whining. So much complaining and bleating.

    It's fucking pathetic.
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    Does this mean that you were wrong about the Des Moines Register ???

    WOW ... make an error and then deflect ... WOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Does this mean that you were wrong about the Des Moines Register ???
    No, it means YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT IT because you're a loser and a fucking idiot.


    WOW ... make an error and then deflect ... WOW
    I didn't deflect...YOU DID.

    You deflected by whining that you needed 'conservative sources'.

    You whined that you needed a safe space, and when one was given to you, you whined again that it wasn't safe enough for you.

    You're such a fucking whiner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reagansghost View Post
    Tech companies that have already relocated to Texas are now fretting over the possibility that the state's extreme politics will hamstring their ability to recruit top talent. As the Washington Post writes, "In August, Texas had 33,843 tech job openings — the second highest in the United States after California — according to a report from the Computing Technology Industry Association. That’s up 56 percent from a year earlier.

    Vivek Bhaskaran, chief executive of an Austin-based software company that produces online surveys, told the Post the company was already finding it "extremely challenging" to attract tech workers to the state. The abortion ban, Bhaskaran said, "seems like an extremely unnecessary conversation we’re going to have to have."

    In fact, just two days after the ban went into effect, Bhaskaran convened a virtual town hall for female employees of the company, QuestionPro, and told them the company would pick up the cost of any abortion services they sought out of state.

    The company's director of marketing, Crystal Wiese, said the town hall was comforting on one level but disconcerting on another.

    “There was a reassuring feeling, but it’s not the kind of conversation you expect to have with your CEO," she said.

    Similar to Bhaskaran, the chief executive of the Dallas-based dating app Match is working to cover employee costs for anyone traveling out of state for abortion services. Chief executive Shar Dubey, who immigrated to America from India a quarter-century ago, circulated a company memo blasting the abortion ban.

    "I am shocked that I now live in a state where women’s reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world, including India,” Dubey wrote. “Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law.”

    The Texas abortion ban also prompted Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff to send a Slack message to employees nationwide saying the company would help employees and their immediate families move to another state if they felt reproductive healthcare wasn't accessible enough where they lived. Benioff later explicitly invoked Texas in a tweet offering to help staff "exit TX."

    The Post also talked to workers who have either moved to Texas or considered it. To say that GOP governance of the state isn’t exactly a draw would be an understatement.

    Valerie Veteto, a freelance copywriter specializing in tech writing, relocated to Austin from San Francisco just last fall. Guess what? The hip vibe and lower cost of living aren't worth the tradeoff for the state's right-wing bent and governmental incompetence. Between the great power grid freeze earlier this year and fringe GOP politics, Veteto and her boyfriend are hightailing it to New York City.

    San Diego-based David Panarelli, a user experience designer, had also considered making the move with his wife. But they balked at the Texas GOP's handling of the pandemic, immigration, and other issues. The abortion ban was the final nail in the coffin.

    “If I’m in a situation where I have to make an extremely irreversible decision, I don’t want anyone making that decision for me,” Panarelli told the Post. “It’s not about women. It’s about human rights.”

    Seems like banning abortions, targeting voters of color, freezing your constituents to death, and ensuring the pandemic would flourish in your state isn't the hot seller Abbott says it is.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/202...to-crisis-mode

    hit em in the wallet, maybe the greedy bastards will pay attention
    DailyKos? LMAO! Have you even read the article? What tech companies? They reference an online polling company, a dating site, a freelance copywriter and a "user experience designer". Those all translate into low rent, meaningless, low paying jobs. That require typical democrat skills. None. Holy fuck are you gullible.
    Consider the Oyster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier Daddy View Post
    that kind of broad brush bigotry would be better suited for the repubs to use, dickhead. i live here in texas, and i guarantee you, in the dfw area, masking was observed, vaccinations are taken, and there is very few deep state trump bigots and anti-science clowns on the scene, and in other large texas cities. yeah, most are repubs, but very few are the nitty gritty hate filled repubs that infect the GOP today.
    You're in Texas, with Indiana yearnings and a complete queen.
    I guarantee you couldn't make anything of it if given 5k acres in Texas.

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